The Wichita community is being encouraged today to “Wear Blue for Brian” to show support for Wichita police Officer Brian Arterburn, who suffered injuries to his chest, abdomen and brain after being run over by a stolen car on Tuesday afternoon near Topeka and Kincaid.
And a few Wichita restaurants are going a step further by helping to raise money for the officer and his family.
Meddys restaurants at 7906 E. Harry and 2300 N. Greenwich will donate 5 percent of proceeds from sales today through Sunday to the Arterburn family, said owner Alex Harb. And all the restaurant staff will be wearing blue throughout the weekend to show their support, he said.
"Our community needs to come together and show our support for the men and women of the law enforcement community who risk their lives daily to keep us safe,” Harb said. “Now it's our turn to step up to the plate and do our part."
Let’m Eat Brats, a local food truck that specializes in German food, also is chipping in. It plans to donate 10 percent of its proceeds from its Friday lunch sales to the Honore Adversis Foundation, which provides financial assistance and support to Wichita police officers who are hurt in the line of duty. The truck will be parked outside Reverie Coffee Roasters at 2611 E. Douglas from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today.
Reverie Coffee Roasters, 2611 E. Douglas: The shop will donate 10 percent of its Friday sales from 11 a.m. through 1:30 p.m.
ICTea, a tea shop at 3300 N. Rock Road, also wants to help. It will donate proceeds from Friday sales of its $2 Blue Ribbon smoothie and $4.50 Blueberry smoothies to the Honore Adversis Foundation.
Goodcents Subs at 3411 N. Rock Road also will donate 5 percent of its sales on Saturday and Sunday to the cause.
Molino's, 1064 N. Waco, 7817 E 37th St N.: Both locations of the restaurant will donate 5 percent of its Friday sales.
Two Olives, 2949 N. Rock Road: Staff members are wearing blue on Friday, and the restaurant will donate a portion of its Friday proceeds.
Casey's Bar & Grill, 3207 S. Oliver: The business is donating 5 percent of its Friday sales.
Ecclesia Coffee Shop, 7130 W. Maple: The shop is donating all of its tips from open to close Friday plus 10 percent of its sales from 3 to 10 p.m.
Sabor, 309 N. Mead :The Latin restaurant will donate 5 percent of its sales from Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Chico's, 4407 W. Maple: This Mexican restaurant will donate 5 percent of its sales made from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Garden of Eatin', 612 E. Douglas: The restaurant will donate 10 percent of its Saturday sales. It's open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hurts Donut, 7010 W. 21st St. N. and 3750 N. Woodlawn: The doughnut shop is selling specially decorated "thin blue line" from 3 p.m. Friday until 3 p.m. Sunday. The doughnuts are $3 apiece, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales of the doughnuts will be donated.
Yokohama Ramen Joint, 613 W. Douglas: The restaurant will donate 5 percent of its Friday sales.
Firehouse Subs, 446 S. Ridge Road, 2755 N. Maize Road: Wichita's two west-side Firehouse Subs will donate 5 percent of sales from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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